BartCop Entertainment Archives - Friday, 1 July, 2016


1 July, 2016

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Suzanne Moore: The bloodletting over Jeremy Corbyn is sad - the left is stuck in old binaries (The Guardian)
The referendum was, of course, the false binary that bust them all. But the party's public psychodrama is an agonising, backward-looking crisis.

David Bromwich: "Dr. Strangelove: The Darkest Room" (Criterion)
When Stanley Kubrick bought the motion picture rights to the 1958 thriller Red Alert, by the retired Royal Air Force navigator Peter George, he meant to direct an action film about a nuclear war triggered by a solitary madman. Some way into his work on the script, however, Kubrick realized the story was too appalling for serious treatment and decided to recast it as an out-and-out satire.

Farran Smith Nehme: Here Comes the Angel of Death (Criterion)
The much-loved Here Comes Mr. Jordan has spawned two direct remakes and a sequel, but the 1941 original retains a snap and a vigor-and a unique charm-that no other version has been able to duplicate. Why does it keep such a hold on our affections? Perhaps it's the way it mixes elements in a way unique to its era-screwball comedy, slapstick farce, boxing fable, supernatural romance.

Simon Romero: A Human Pulp-Fiction Factory Becomes a Cult Hero (NY Times)
SOME writers publish just one book in their lifetime. Others somehow churn out dozens in prolific feats of creativity. Then there is R. F. Lucchetti, Brazil's eminence of pulp fiction, who boasts of publishing no fewer than 1,547 books over a long career, employing an array of pseudonyms, including Vincent Lugosi, Brian Stockler and Isadora Highsmith.

The 18 Best Ways Humanity Ever Reacted To Tragedy (Cracked)
There's a lot of saddening, crazy shit happening on our planet. And with all that being paraded around by the media, it's easy to forget that there are amazing acts of kindness happening more often than we realize. Warning: It's about to get very, very dusty wherever you ar.

SILPA KOVVALI: Cheering the High Sparrow's death: Why the end of this "Game of Thrones" villain was so satisfying (Salon)
The Faith Militant were religious populists, yes - and also brutal thugs whose punishments were unjust.

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How many secret families did American aviator Charles Lindbergh have?


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Throwback Thursday Trivia Question from Yesterday

This picture is from Richard Pryor's TV debut in 1966, playing a ventriloquist named Villar. What is the name of the TV series?

       The Wild, Wild West                                                      Source

The Wild Wild West - The Night of the Eccentrics

First televised performance of Richard Pryor .        Source

The voice of Giulio, Richard Pryor's dummy, was provided by an uncredited Ross Martin. Martin had used an identical voice for Punchy, the cartoon character in Hawaiian Punch commercials.        Source

Alan J was first and correct with:
   The Wild, Wild West.

Adam answered:
   The Wild, Wild West

Randall wrote:
   Oh man - this one didn't take me but an instant to answer:

  (the theme song is playing inside my head right now)

Jim from CA, retired to ID, said:
   I Dream of Jeannie

Deborah responded:
   Was it the Ed Sullivan Show?
  Because I don't really know.
  Cooler, somewhat. I'll take it.

Marian replied:
   Ed Sullivan Show?

Kevin K. in Washington, DC said:
   It was "The Wild Wild West".

Dale of Diamondy Springs, Norcalio answered:
   Richard Pryor was in an episode of Wild Wild West in 1966 titled "The Night of the Eccentrics."

DJ Useo replied:
   Amazingly, I know this because I was just recently enjoying episodes of THE WILD, WILD WEST! Who'da thunk'it?!

MAM   wrote:
   "The Wild Wild West" The Night of the Eccentrics ~ Richard Pryor's TV debut in 1966, playing a ventriloquist named Villar.

Joe S     took the day off.

Lois Of Oregon took the day off.

mj took the day off.

BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.

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We Prayed For Paris -- But What About Istanbul?
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King of the bungle: why Tarzan will never be OK | Film | The Guardian

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Last Night

Bit cooler, still humid.

Tonight, Friday:

CBS begins the night with a RERUN 'NCIS: The Expendable One', followed by a RERUN 'Hawaii Five-0', then a RERUN 'Blue Bloods'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Stephen Colbert are Zachary Quinto, Natasha Lyonne, and 2 Chainz.
On a RERUN James Corden, OBE, (from 5/25/16) are Anna Paquin, John Cena, and Fleur East.

NBC starts the night with FRESH '2016 US Summer Olympic Trials', followed by 'Dateline'.
On a RERUN Jimmy Fallon (from 5/13/16) are Kit Harington, Rose Byrne, and Blake Shelton.
On a RERUN Seth Meyers (from 6/23/16) are Aubrey Plaza, Samira Wiley, Neil Gaiman, and Ray Luzier.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 4/25/16) are Jason Jones, the Coathangers, and Amy Seimetz.

ABC opens the night with a RERUN 'Shark Tank', followed by 'What Would You Do?', then '20/20'.
On a RERUN Jimmy Kimmel (from 5/20/16) are Bryan Cranston, Anika Noni Rose, and Joanna Newsom.

The CW offers a RERUN 'Masters Of Illusion', followed by another RERUN 'Masters Of Illusion', then a RERUN 'Penn & Teller: Fool Us'.

Faux has a RERUN 'Rosewood', followed by a RERUN 'MasterChef'.

MY has 'TMZ (Not So) Live', followed by 'Hollywood Today (Not So) Live'.

A&E has all old 'The First 48' all night.

AMC offers the movie 'Die Hard: With A Vengeance', followed by the movie 'US Marshals'.

BBC  -   
 [7:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 21-Peak Performance
 [10:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 2-The Ensigns of Command
 [2:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 22-Imaginary Friend
 [6:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 26-Time's Arrow (Part 1)
 [7:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 1-Time's Arrow (Part 2)
 [8:00PM]    KILL BILL: VOLUME 1 (2003)
 [10:30PM]    KILL BILL: VOLUME 2 (2004)
 [1:30AM]    WEIRD WONDERS - SEASON 1 - Episode 1
 [2:30AM]    WEIRD WONDERS - SEASON 1 - Episode 2
 [3:30AM]    WEIRD WONDERS - SEASON 1 - Episode 3
 [4:30AM]    WEIRD WONDERS - SEASON 1 - Episode 4

Bravo has all old 'Don't Be Tardy ...' all night.

Comedy Central has 'Futurama', another 'Futurama', and 3 hours of old 'South Park'.

FX has the movie 'The Hangover Part II', followed by the movie 'Grown Ups 2', then the movie 'Grown Ups 2'.

History has all old 'Ancient Aliens' all night.

IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]    THE THREE STOOGES-A Bird in the Head
 [6:25AM]    THE THREE STOOGES-A-Ducking They Did Go
 [6:50AM]    THE THREE STOOGES-All Gummed Up
 [9:00PM]    SCARY MOVIE
 [11:00PM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Kristen Schaal Wears Strawberry Colored Pants and a Multicolored Shirt
 [11:30PM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Zach Galifianakis Wears Rolled Khakis and Shoes With Brown Laces
 [12:00AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Kevin Bacon Wears a Blue Button Down Shirt and Brown Boots
 [12:30AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-The Lonely Island Wear Dark Pants and Eyeglasses
 [1:00AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Tony Hale Wears a Blue Flannel Shirt and Fuchsia Sneakers
 [1:30AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Tegan and Sara Wear Leather Jackets and Skinny Jeans

Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    The Final Cut
 [8:00AM]    Monster's Ball
 [10:30AM]    My Week With Marilyn
 [12:30PM]    All Is Lost
 [3:00PM]    Law & Order-Faccia a Faccia
 [4:00PM]    Law & Order-Carrier
 [5:00PM]    Law & Order-Stalker
 [6:00PM]    Law & Order-Disappeared
 [7:00PM]    Law & Order-Burden
 [8:00PM]    Law & Order-Bad Girl
 [9:00PM]    Law & Order-Damaged
 [9:59PM]    Law & Order-Tabloid
 [10:58PM]    Law & Order-Monster
 [11:57PM]    Law & Order-DWB
 [12:56AM]    Law & Order-Bait
 [1:55AM]    Cleverman-A Man of Vision
 [3:00AM]    Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter-Cinematographers
 [4:00AM]    The Final Cut    (ALL TIMES EDT)

SyFy has the movie 'GI Joe: The Rise Of Cobra', followed by a FRESH 'Killjoys', then a FRESH 'Dark Matter'.

TCM spends the night with Olivia de Havilland
 [7:15 AM]      Mame (1974)
 [9:30 AM]      Glory Alley (1952)
 [11:00 AM]      The Doctor's Dilemma (1958)
 [12:45 PM]      Guns of Darkness (1962)
 [2:30 PM]      The L-Shaped Room (1962)
 [4:45 PM]      Promise Her Anything (1966)
 [6:30 PM]      Chandler (1971)
 [8:00 PM]      Raffles (1939)
 [9:15 PM]      Gone With the Wind (1939)
 [1:15 AM]      The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
 [3:15 AM]      The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939)
 [5:15 AM]      Captain Blood (1935)

Saturday   -  07/02/16

 [7:30 AM]      Anthony Adverse (1936)
 [10:00 AM]      The Irish In Us (1935)
 [11:30 AM]      Alibi Ike (1935)
 [12:45 PM]      Moonfleet (1955)
 [2:30 PM]      Bad Day at Black Rock (1955)
 [4:00 PM]      Bullitt (1968)
 [6:00 PM]      Carey Treatment (1972)
 [8:00 PM]      That's Entertainment! (1974)
 [10:30 PM]      Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)
 [12:30 AM]      On the Town (1949)
 [2:15 AM]      Sisters (1973)
 [4:00 AM]      What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

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Canadian jazz musician Diana Krall performs during her concert in Bartok Bela National Concert Hall of Mupa, Palace of Arts, in Budapest, Hungary, Thursday, June 30, 2016.
Photo by Zsolt Szigetvary


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Al's Daughter Arrested In Pipeline Protest

Karenna Gore

Former Vice President Al Gore's daughter was among 23 people arrested during a protest of a pipeline under construction.

The arrests happened Wednesday at the site of Spectra Energy's West Roxbury Lateral pipeline in Boston.

Karenna Gore was among demonstrators who tried to block construction activity on the site by lying in a trench dug for the pipeline and refusing to move until firefighters removed them, said protest group Resist the Pipeline & Stop the West Roxbury Lateral.

The group opposes the pipeline because of safety and climate change concerns.

Gore, who serves as director of the Center for Earth Ethics at the Union Theological Seminary in New York, and others facing resisting arrest charges will be arraigned Friday.

Karenna Gore


Actor Jeff Goldblum, right, wipes dripping ink from a "daruma" doll as Liam Hemsworth, left, gestures during a promotional event for the movie "Independence Day: Resurgence" in Tokyo, Thursday, June 30, 2016.
Photo by Eugene Hoshiko


12 Years Too Late

Nancy Grace

Nancy Grace, who parlayed her stint as a successful prosecutor into a two-decade career as one of cable's most recognizable and controversial figures, will depart HLN, her TV home for the past 12 years, when her current contract expires in October.

Grace, 56, broke the news ?Thursday morning to her staff of 18 - some of whom have been working with her since the late 1990s, when she got her start co-hosting on Court TV with the late Johnnie Cochran - at the network's CNN Center headquarters in Atlanta, where Grace shoots the majority of her shows. New York-based staffers learned of her departure simultaneously via video conference call.

A network spokesperson tells The Hollywood Reporter that a new series - one that will "utilize the expertise of the current team" - will replace Nancy Grace in the ?8 p.m. slot following the airing of the final episode ?on Oct. 13. The decision was a difficult one, according to Grace, who in an emotional interview with THR admits to being "really mixed" about taking a step she's been "thinking a lot about" for the past three years.

While she won't share what factors specifically contributed to her decision, or where she plans on going, Grace says whatever she does next - and she has no plans for a hiatus - will involve "a very large digital component." Still, she is not ready to walk away from the medium that made her famous just yet.

Wherever she lands, however, will need to be comfortable with her trademark style of editorializing and the controversy it invites. Grace's critics, and there are many, say she is more intent on inciting mobs than providing a voice to violent crime victims. "Since her show began in 2005," the late New York Times media columnist David Carr wrote, "the presumption of innocence has found a willful enemy in the former prosecutor turned broadcast judge-and-jury."

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Hollywood's Highest-Grossing Actress

Scarlett Johansson

Scarlett Johansson is queen of the box office.

The actress' movies, which include the "Avengers" franchise, have raked in a record-breaking $3.3 billion at the North American box office, according to Box Office Mojo.

The tracking site ranks Johansson 10th overall, beating out male stars like Robert De Niro, Matt Damon and action-movie favorites Bruce Willis and Liam Neeson.

At 31, she is the youngest actor appearing in the top 10, but she's also the only woman. In an interview with Cosmopolitan, Johansson spoke about the Hollywood gender wage gap.

The next highest grossing actress is Cameron Diaz, who comes in at the 19th spot on the list. Her movies, which include the highly successful "Shrek" franchise, have grossed $3 billion, not far behind Johansson.

Scarlett Johansson


U.S band Red Hot Chili Peppers perform at the orange stage at Roskilde Festival in Roskilde, Denmark June 29, 2016.
Photo by Nils Meilvang


Romantically Involved?

'Morning Joe'

Are MSNBC hosts Joe Scarborough (R-Cough, Cough) and Mika Brzezinski sharing more than a cup of "Morning Joe?"

According to Thursday's New York Post, the longtime hosts of Morning Joe are said to be romantically involved.

The report follows the revelation that Brzezinski, 49, recently had a very quiet divorce from her husband of 23 years, James Hoffer, a local ABC reporter. The couple has two daughters, Carlie, 18, and Emilie, 20.

Scarborough, 53, divorced his wife, Susan Waren, a former Jeb Bush aide, in 2013. The couple has two children , a 13-year-old daughter, Katherine, and 8-year-old son, Jack.

Scarborough also has two sons from a previous marriage.

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Oldest US Park Ranger Attacked

Betty Reid Soskin

A robber attacked the nation's oldest full-time park ranger in her San Francisco Bay Area home this week and made off with a coin she received from President Barack Obama, authorities said Thursday.

Betty Reid Soskin, 94, who works as an interpretive ranger at the Rosie the Riveter World War II Home Front National Historical Park in Richmond, was awoken by an intruder who punched her several times in the face, police Lt. Felix Tan said.

She reached for her cellphone but he grabbed it from her, dragged her out of the bedroom and beat her again, Richmond police said. She was able to crawl away to the bathroom and locked herself inside until the robber left early Monday.

"I fully expected he was going to kill me," Soskin told Bay Area news station KTVU-TV. "He doubled up his fist and hit me a couple of times on the sides of my face with all his might."

Police say the thief stole her cellphone, iPad, laptop, camera, jewelry and the coin the president gave her to honor her achievements. Soskin introduced him at the National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony at the White House last December.

Betty Reid Soskin


A Sadhu or a Hindu holyman smokes a pipe before registering for the annual pilgrimage to the Amarnath cave shrine, at a base camp in Jammu, June 30, 2016.
Photo by Mukesh Gupta


Removes All References to Alligators and Crocodiles

Disney World

Disney World has made some subtle changes since an alligator at one of its resorts attacked and killed a toddler standing in less than six inches of water.

Gone is Tick Tock the Croc from "Peter Pan," a character in the park's Festival of Fantasy parade, according to the Miami Herald.

Also missing is Louis, the trumpet-playing alligator from "The Princess and the Frog," that was supposed to be part of the Friendship Faire castle show, an unnamed employee told the paper.

The Jungle Cruise tour guides no longer joke about crocodiles eating children as they narrate a boat tour through the world's rivers and the Kilimanjaro Safari ride has dropped references to a crocodile pit.

Less-than-subtle changes include new signs and fences along resort beaches warning of alligators and snakes and advising against feeding the wildlife. Such notices were not posted when the remains of 2-year-old Lance Graves were pulled from the Seven Seas Lagoon on June 15, after an alligator snatched him and pulled him underwater.

Disney World


Attorneys Want Victims To Pay


Attorneys for Cinemark want victims of a 2012 shooting at a Colorado movie theater to pay nearly $700,000 in legal fees after they unsuccessfully sued the theater chain.

The company's lawyers told a judge they need the money to cover the costs of preserving evidence, retrieving and copying records, travel and other expenses, according to court documents filed this month.

A judge didn't immediately rule on the request. But Colorado courts allow the winning side of a court case to recover legal fees.

Jurors in May ruled in Cinemark's favor over 28 victims and their families who argued the nation's third-largest theater chain should have done more to prevent the attack that killed 12 people and left more than 70 others injured. They sued in state court, saying security lapses allowed for the July 20, 2012 attack at a midnight premiere of a Batman film.

A judge last week dismissed a similar lawsuit in federal court, saying Cinemark's lack of security was not a substantial factor in the deaths.



A whirling Dervish performs on stage during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan in Sidon, southern Lebanon June 29, 2016.
Photo by Ali Hashisho


1% Support


Republican nominee Donald Trump has 1% (yes, out of 100%) of support from black voters, finds a new Quinnipiac poll .

By comparison, 91% of black voters backed presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. The poll showed Clinton leading with 42 percentage points over Trump's 40 overall, and qualified that these returns were too close to call.

Trump had support of 47% of white voters polled over Clinton's 30%, while Clinton beat Trump with Hispanic voters by winning 50-33%. Republican nominees traditionally have not won the majority of support from African American voters, but they've done better than Trump is polling now: Mitt Romney won 6% of the black vote in 2012, John McCain won 4% in 2008, and George W. Bush won 11% in 2004.

"You're not going to find a lot of black people who openly support Donald Trump," Trump supporter Pastor Mark Burns, an African-American preacher from South Carolina, told the New York Daily News . "If they openly supported Donald Trump, they'd get viciously attacked within their own community."



By Job


Farmers, lumberjacks and fishermen have the highest suicide rate in the U.S., while librarians and educators have the lowest, according to a large study that found enormous differences across occupations.

The study didn't explore the reasons behind the differences, but researchers found the highest suicide rates in manual laborers who work in isolation and face unsteady employment. High rates were also seen in carpenters, miners, electricians and people who work in construction. Mechanics were close behind.

Dentists, doctors and other health care professionals had an 80 percent lower suicide rate than the farmers, fishermen and lumberjacks.

Thursday's report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is perhaps the largest U.S. study to compare suicide rates among occupations. But it is not comprehensive. It only covers 17 states, looking at about 12,300 of the more than 40,000 suicide deaths reported in the entire nation in 2012.

Because of the limited data, they could only calculate suicide rates for broad occupation categories, but not for specific jobs. The categories, which sometimes seem to group professions that have little to do with each other, like athletes and artists, are based on federal classifications used for collecting jobs-related data.



Models show fashion by Japanese designer Wataru Tominaga at the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, June 30, 2016.
Photo by Joerg Carstensen


Court Overturns Pipeline Approval


Canada's federal court of appeal has overturned approval of the new Northern Gateway pipeline on grounds that builders failed to adequately consult with affected aboriginals, documents released Thursday revealed.

The oil conduit stretching nearly 1,200 kilometers (745 miles) from the Alberta oil sands to the Pacific coast received regulatory and government approval in 2014, with 209 conditions to mitigate environmental impacts.

But nine indigenous tribes with ancestral lands along the route asked for a judicial review of the decision, arguing that the process failed to meet a constitutional duty to engage aboriginal communities.

The federal appeals court agreed.

"Canada offered only a brief, hurried and inadequate opportunity... to exchange and discuss information and to dialogue," the court said in its decision, released by lawyers for the plaintiffs.



Judge To Unseal Documents


In a court order made public Thursday, the US judge deciding who should inherit the estate of late singer Prince ordered that many of the case documents be publically available.

Judge Kevin Eide, who is presiding over the proceedings in a Minneapolis-area court, reversed an earlier order that had sealed many of the submissions and affidavits from at least 23 claimants to the pop icon's multi-million-dollar estate.

Eide however made an exception for people claiming to be the children of Prince, whose full name was Prince Rogers Nelson.

"The Court declines to extend the same protection for documents filed by claimants who are claiming that they are a parent, a sibling, a half-sibling or other relative of Prince Rogers Nelson," Eide said in the order written on Wednesday.

The judge delayed the order until July 11, giving time for parties in the case to voice any objections.



An assistant prepares a field of wheat on Place Vendome during the installation of the art work "Bles Vendomes" by French artist Gad Weil in Paris, France, June 30, 2016.
Photo by Jacky Naegelen


Losing Habitat In Antarctica


Penguins - easily the most known and beloved wild animal in Antarctica - could be decimated by man-made global warming over the coming decades, according to a new study.

Habitat loss caused from warmer water and loss of sea ice could bring a 60% decline in population of the Adélie penguin by 2099, said study lead author Megan Cimino.

For millions of years, Adélie penguins across Antarctica weathered natural climate change as glaciers expanded and melted. The penguins needed the warm periods as shrinking glaciers allowed them to return to their rocky breeding grounds.

But the study concludes that such helpful warming may have reached its tipping point. Longer warm periods may be shrinking the penguins' habitat, leading to the declining population.



New Apple Patent Could Block Recording


Taking videos at concerts is already annoying, but if a certain Apple patent ever makes its way into a product, it also could be impossible.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) granted Apple a patent - originally filed in 2011 - for a technology that would disable phones' cameras at certain public events by tracking and interpreting infrared signals.

The patent reads: "An infrared emitter can be located in areas where picture or video capture is prohibited, and the emitter can generate infrared signals with encoded data that includes commands to disable the recording functions of devices. An electronic device can then receive the infrared signals, decode the data and temporarily disable the device's recording function based on the command."

There's no telling whether Apple has any plans to actually use this technology. It's entirely possible that the tech giant has no plans to develop the camera blocker at all, but rather obtained the patent as a way to prevent anyone else from developing it.

It's also an open question that, if Apple were to implement such a technology, what the guidelines and restrictions would be in using it. Could, say, private security or even law enforcement take advantage of it to shut down recording in a specific area? The tech would have obvious legal implications if so.




Zahra, the four-week-old female white lion cub rests in her enlosure in Magan Zoo, a privately owned animal park in Felsolajos, 67 kms southeast of Budapest, Hungary, June 30, 2016.
Photo by Sandor Ujvari



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